Protesters opposing the presence of brothels stand outside the High Court in Hamilton in May 2006, where a brothel owner was challenging a bylaw limiting brothels to particular parts of the city. Her business employed 12 sex workers, and was located outside the areas in which brothels were permitted. Under the Prostitution Reform Act 2003, local authorities could enact bylaws restricting the location of brothels. This challenge to the Hamilton City Council bylaw was rejected in the High Court and the Court of Appeal on the grounds that there were other premises available in permitted zones. Most small owner-operated brothels in central-city and suburban areas at the time were indistinguishable from other houses in their street.
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Photograph by Stephen Barker
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